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18 August 2003

Your baby's stool

A breastfed baby will have soft yellow stools. Don't worry about constipation - it is highly unlikely in breastfed babies.

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A baby's first stool is called meconium. It is a mixture of the secretions from the alimentary glands together with lanugo, pigment and cells from the wall of your baby’s bowel.

After a day or two, a breastfed baby will have soft yellow stools. During the first few weeks she will probably pass stools after every feed. Don’t worry about constipation – it is highly unlikely in breastfed babies. Some breastfed babies may not pass a stool for four to five days.

 
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